Kevin Van Egdom will start at quarterback for Briar Cliff after missing most of 2012 with an injury.
SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -
Is this town big enough for two quality college football programs? Briar Cliff sure hopes so. The Chargers have struggled to win in the shadow of cross-town rival Morningside, who is the top-ranked NAIA team in the country.
BC was 1-10 last season, their only win came against Dordt. The Chargers are young -- there are just 13 seniors and 49 freshman on the roster.
Sophomore Quarterback Kevin Van Egdom threw for 400 yards and two scores before an injury ended his season after two games. Wide receiver Tyler McGhee was a second-team GPAC pick after catching 33 passes.
"I was able to go through all of spring which really helped," said Van Egdom. "I stayed here this summer, worked with McGee, all those receivers and I think that will pay dividends this season."
"I've been here with some of the quarterbacks. We hit the field here and there," said McGee. "We were working on our routes, just trying to get stronger and in shape."
Head coach Tom Rethman has gone national with recruiting, with more players from California than from Iowa. The Chargers were picked to finish last in the GPAC preseason poll but Rethman says they never talk about that.
"We worry about practice today. We'll worry about the practice we have tomorrow and that's all we worry about because it's the only thing, honestly, that we can control," said Rethman. "At this moment it's the only thing that should concern us. We should be where we are in the preseason poll based off of what we've done. Until we do things differently that's where we're going to be. We just got to prove otherwise."
The Chargers open the season August 31st, at #24 Benedictine of Kansas. All of BC's home games will be in the Dakotadome in Vermillion, South Dakota, starting September 14th against Dakota Wesleyan.
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